Great tips for getting your dog to love his costume as much as you do. Also applies to dog backpacks or service dog harnesses.


Admittedly, this is not one of the more “practical” skills you can use positive reinforcement techniques to teach. Although, because Shelby has undergone this training so many times, when she went through her first heat and had to wear underwear, she accepted it like a champ and never bothered with her latest “costume”, nor did she have any trouble smiling through the cone of shame period.

As impractical as dressing your dog up for Halloween or Easter or Christmas is, many of us are guilty of it, and I have people asking me all the time how I get my dogs to sport a costume without destroying it. So, in honor of the holiday, here’s a play by play of how I train my dogs to wear a Halloween costume. Oh, and for those of you who like to hike or would like your dog to learn or accept a…

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